Gangtok, 29 Apr [IPR]: Minster for Agriculture, Horticulture and Cash Crops Development Department, Somnath Poudyal, today inaugurated the first Kisan Bazaar of the State here in Gangtok.
The seven-storied complex has been set up at the cost of Rs 22.75 crore by Urban Development and Housing Development Department and is aimed to benefit the farmers of Sikkim.
In his brief interaction, Mr Poudyal said that the Kisan Bazaar is an initiative of the government to help farmers sell their produces in the capital.
“The bazaar is a huge asset for the State-wide organic mission,” he added.
The Minister also said that the Department under his leadership is focusing on boosting and encouraging farmers to grow more and double their income by selling their organic vegetables and products directly in the market.
“I am positive that the farmers of Sikkim will benefit from this initiative,” he said.
The Minister thanked the farmers for coming all the way to Gangtok to sell vegetables and spreading the organic mission throughout the State.
He informed that the department is set to begin establishment of another Kisan Bazaar in Singtam shortly.
UD&HD Minister, NK Subba, in turn, informed that the bazaar has cold storage units with capacity of 250 metric tonnes each and other facilities like a canteen and a cafeteria.
He further informed that out of the three cold storage units in the bazaar, one is allotted to SIMFED and the remaining two to the farmers.
“The department has provided 28 vehicles in 28 constituencies for transportation so that our farmers can bring their vegetables to the Kisan Bazaar here,” he informed
Farmers can either forward their produce to SIMFED or sell them directly to customers at Kisan Bazaar anytime, provided they bring a proof of identification or recommendation from the concerned Panchayat, he informed.
The Ministers were accompanied by Gangtok Mayor, Shakti Singh Choudhary, GMC Deputy Mayor, Lasey Doma Bhutia, GMC Chairman, Ashish Rai, UD&HD Secretary, LB Chettri, GMC Commissioner, Tshewang Gyachho, Sikkim State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited [SIMFED] Chairman, Girish Chandra Rai, officials from AH&CCD and UD&HD and farmers from different constituencies of all the four district of Sikkim.